Gas signs Price guide
This will give you an idea of the value of vintage gas signs. 

Gas Company Signs Are as Good as Gold

        The cost of gasoline may be rising, but buyers weren’t worried about economizing at a Florida auction of gas station memorabilia. The 30-year collection of one hardcore petroliana enthusiast featured gas pumps, globes, air pumps, oil cans and die-cast trucks and airplanes, many advertising Texaco. The sale also included many signs. Some are pictured. Most signs ranged in price from $150 to $500.


        Baby boomers reminisce about riding in the back seat of Dad’s ’57 Chevy in the days when a uniformed attendant cleaned your windshield, checked your oil, filled your tank for 30 cents a gallon, and handed you a free giveaway—a glass, a map or a miniature gasoline truck (now all collectibles).

       

Flashy signs were part of the landscape, and now they’re popular collectibles. Many are painted tin, but the most durable are made by fusing powdered glass onto sheet metal with high heat. Collectors call these signs “porcelain,” “enamel” or “porcelain enamel.” The finish didn’t pit or rust. Sizes vary from small pump-plate signs to large marquee signs.

       

One buyer paid $1,320 for a 6 1/2-foot porcelain Texaco sign on an 18-foot stand. A 23-inch porcelain enamel Texaco Motor Oil flange sign sold for $1,155. But some signs went for under $200. A Pennzoil “Sound Your Z” tin sign sold for $165 and a 1969 Quaker State Motor Oil tin sign went for $193.

     

  Photos from the Aug. 17-19, 2007, auction are courtesy of Frank’s Antiques and Auctions, P.O. Box 516, Hilliard, FL 32046, FranksAuctions.com. For more information on petroliana, see Warman’s Gas Station Collectibles by Mark F. Moran (Krause, Iola, WI, 2005). Petroleum Collectibles Monthly (P.O. Box 556, LaGrange, OH 44050, PCMPublishing.com) is a magazine for collectors.





 

Gas advertising sign, Texaco
Frank's Antiques & Auctions
PICTURED ON COVER: Texaco Golden Motor Oil sign, porcelain enamel, flange, 23 in. h. by 18 in. w., $1,155.
Gas advertising sign, Gulf
Frank's Antiques & Auctions
Gulf Dealer gas station sign, porcelain enamel, 2-sided, (chips), 65 1/2 in., $330.
Gas advertising sign, Standard Polarine Oil
Frank's Antiques & Auctions
Standard Polarine Motor Oil, porcelain enamel, 2-sided, 30 in. diam., $220.
Gas advertising sign, Indian gasoline
Frank's Antiques & Auctions
Indian Gasoline sign, porcelain enamel, curved for pump, (chips), 18 in. h. by 10 1/2 in. w., $165.
Gas advertising sign, Texaco Marine Products
Frank's Antiques & Auctions
Texaco Marine Products sign, porcelain enamel, (chips), 26 in. h. by 85 in. w., $550.
Gas advertising sign, Uniflo
Frank's Antiques & Auctions
Uniflo Motor Oil sign, tin, 10 1/2 in. h. by 18 in. w., b$126.
Gas advertising sign, Valvoline
Frank's Antiques & Auctions
Valvoline Racing Oil sign, tin, original box and street bracket, 29 1/2 in. diam., $330.
Gas advertising sign, Gargoyle Mobiloil
Frank's Antiques & Auctions
Gargoyle Mobiloil sign, porcelain enamel, 2-sided, flange, (corner chips), 16 in. h. by 24 in. w., $193.
Gas advertising sign, Veedol
Frank's Antiques & Auctions
Veedol Motor Oil sign, porcelain enamel, 2-sided, 28 in. h. by 22 in. w., $275.



Auto
Pattern or Item     Sign
Description     Signal Oil & Gas Co., Lubester, Porcelain, Round, 6 1/8 In.
Price     $825.00

Advertising
Pattern or Item     Sign
Description     Sunoco Gas Station, Rest Room, Men, Ladies, 4 1/8 X 9 1/8 In., Pair
Price     $1595.00

Auto
Pattern or Item     Sign
Description     Gulf Salesman's Sample, Outdoor, Light-up, Gas Station, Metal Base, Pole, 21 X 7 In.
Price     $523.00

Advertising
Pattern or Item     Sign
Description     Rebel Gas, Flag, Porcelain, Red, White, Blue, 2-sided, 6 In. Diam.
Price     $2640.00

Auto
Pattern or Item     Sign
Description     Esso Gas, Octagonal, Red, White, Blue, Porcelain, 2-sided, 30 X 25 1/2 In.
Price     $660.00


Auto
Pattern or Item     Sign
Description     Pyroil, The Winner, Add To Gas & Oil, Multicolored, Tin Rack, 9 X 18 In.
Price     $605.00

Advertising      
Pattern or Item     Sign
Description     Weed Chains, Cutout, Gas Price Dial, Tin Lithograph, 23 1/2 X 17 In., Illustrated
Year     2006
Price     $4675.00



Advertising
Pattern or Item     Sign
Description     Pittsburg Automatic Gas Water Heater, Tin Lithograph, Cardboard, C.1920
Price     $165.00

Auto
Pattern or Item     Sign
Description     Sico Straight Gas, White, Blue, Porcelain, Round, 36 In.
Price     $50.00

Advertising
Pattern or Item     Sign
Description     Gastobac Curing Systems, See Your Local Gas Company, Tin, 20 x 28 In.
Price     $45.00

Auto
Pattern or Item     Sign
Description     Sonoco Gas Station, Restrooms, Porcelain, 2-sided, Iron Bracket, 14 x 22 In.
Price     $855.00

Coca-cola
Pattern or Item     Sign
Description     Gas Today, Drink Coca-cola While You Wait, Embossed Tin, 1930s, 20 x 28 In.
Price     $910.00

Auto
Pattern or Item     Sign
Description     Weed Chains, For Safe Driving, Dial Price Of Gas, Tin, Wood Frame, 23 x 17 In.
Price     $1700.00

Auto
Pattern or Item     Sign
Description     Conoco, Danger High Pressure Gas Line, Porcelain, 8 x 15 In.
Price     $30.00


Auto
Pattern or Item     Sign
Description     Irving Gas Oil, Porcelain, 2 Sides, Canada, 10 7/8 x 17 3/4 In.
Price     $475.00

Advertising
Pattern or Item     Sign
Description     Lubri-gas, Correct Motor Fuel, Tin, 27 3/4 x 19 1/4 In.
Price     $800.00

Coca-cola
Pattern or Item     Sign
Description     Gas Today, Tin, 20 x 28 In.
Price     $4950.00

Auto
Pattern or Item     Sign
Description     Amoco, American Gas, Courtesy Cards Accepted, 2 Sides, 24 x 15 In.
Price     $110.00

Auto
Pattern or Item     Sign
Description     Colonial Gas, Green Lettering, White Ground, Porcelain, 23 In.
Price     $200.00

Auto
Pattern or Item     Sign
Description     Signal Oil & Gas Co., Northern District, Porcelain, Die Cut, 24 x 15 In.
Price     $415.00

Auto
Pattern or Item     Gas Pump
Description     Bennett Good Gulf, Gulf Logo Sign On Top Of Pump, 52 x 15 x 15 In.
Price     $495.00

Auto
Pattern or Item     Gas Pump Sign
Description     Texaco, Porcelain, Round, 8 In.
Price     $385.00

Auto
Pattern or Item     Gas Pump Sign
Description     Shell Gasoline, Paddle Sign, Porcelain, Die Cut, 2 Sides, 12 x 15 In.
Price     $770.00

Auto
Pattern or Item     Gas Pump Sign
Description     Jetrol Premium, Porcelain, Canada, 12 x 12 In.
Price     $248.00

Auto
Pattern or Item     Gas Pump Sign
Description     Moore's Ethyl Supreme, Porcelain, 15 x 10 In.
Price     $385.00

Auto
Pattern or Item     Gas Pump Sign
Description     Texaco Sky Chief, Made In U.s.a., 3-10-47, 18 x 12 In.
Price     $95.00

Advertising
Pattern or Item     Sign
Description     Drink Barq's It's Good Ice Cold, Gas, Oil, 1930s, 11 x 35 In.
Price     $775.00

Auto
Pattern or Item     Sign
Description     Shell Gas Station, Shell Logo Shape, Red, Yellow Enamel, Metal, 40 x 41 In.
Price     $175.00

Auto
Pattern or Item     Gas Pump Sign
Description     Texaco Sky Chief, Porcelain, 1947
Price     $125.00

Disneyana
Pattern or Item     Waste Can
Description     Mickey Mouse, Minnie In Car, Out Of Gas Sign, Tin Lithograph
Price     $90.00

Auto
Pattern or Item     Gas Pump Sign
Description     Mobilgas Special, Porcelain, 13 1/4 x 12 1/2 In.
Price     $170.00

Auto
Pattern or Item     Gas Pump Sign
Description     Atlantic Kerosene, Porcelain, 17 x 13 1/2 In.
Price     $130.00

Auto
Pattern or Item     Gas Pump Sign
Description     Atlantic Refining Company, Porcelain, 1930s, 9 x 9 In.
Price     $230.00

Auto
Pattern or Item     Gas Pump Sign
Description     Sunoco Dynafuel, Yellow Diamond Logo, 1930s, 8 x 12 In.
Price     $80.00

Auto
Pattern or Item     Sign
Description     Conoco, Danger Gas Line, Logo, Porcelain, 8 x 15 In.
Price     $125.00

Advertising
Pattern or Item     Sign
Description     Barq's, Ice Cold, Gas & Oil, 1930s, 11 3/4 x 35 In.
Price     $632.00

Auto
Pattern or Item     Sign
Description     Gas, Mobil, Flying Horse, Porcelain, Pump
Price     $85.00

Advertising
Pattern or Item     Sign
Description     Conoco, Danger High Pressure Gas Line, Porcelain, 8 x 15 In.
Price     $95.00

Auto
Pattern or Item     Sign
Description     Globe Gas, Blue Band Across Middle, Porcelain, 30 In.
Price     $605.00

Auto
Pattern or Item     Gas Pump Globe
Description     Wayne, Sign, 1925
Price     $2100.00

Advertising
Pattern or Item     Sign
Description     Mobil Gas, Porcelain, 1957, 4 X 8 In.
Price     $125.00

Auto
Pattern or Item     Gas Pump Globe
Description     Standard Oil, Flame, Sign Bracket
Price     $595.00

Advertising
Pattern or Item     Sign
Description     Elreco Gas, 2 Sides, Porcelain, Round, 32 In.
Price     $450.00

Auto
Pattern or Item     Sign
Description     Gulf Gas, Porcelain, 2 Sides, 24 X 15 In.
Price     $125.00

Auto
Pattern or Item     Sign
Description     Mobil Gas, Flying Red Horse, Porcelain, 12 X 13 In.
Price     $83.00

Coca-cola
Pattern or Item     Sign
Description     Ice Cold, Gas Today, Tin, 1937, 18 X 54 In.
Price     $9.80

Auto
Pattern or Item     Sign
Description     Mobile Flame Bottled Gas, Mobil Horse, Porcelain, 44 X 33 In.
Price     $3850.00

Auto
Pattern or Item     Sign
Description     Gas Pump, Marine Regular & Ethyl, Seahorse, Pair
Price     $300.00

Auto
Pattern or Item     Sign
Description     Gas Pump, Atlantic Refining Company, Porcelain, Fried Egg Type
Price     $550.00

Auto
Pattern or Item     Sign
Description     Gas Pump, Supreme Auto Oil, Gulf Refining Co., Porcelain, Flange Type
Price     $675.00

Auto
Pattern or Item     Sign
Description     Gas Pump, Gulf No-nox Motor Fuel, Porcelain, Gulf Refining Co., Flange Type
Price     $425.00

Auto
Pattern or Item     Sign
Description     Sinclair Gas, With Pole, 12 Ft.
Price     $650.00


Advertising
Pattern or Item     Sign
Description     Conoco Gas Pump, Porcelain, Die Cut, 7 1/2 In.
Price     $65.00

Advertising
Pattern or Item     Sign
Description     Indian Gas, Curved, Porcelain, 18 X 12 In.
Price     $295.00